Rising Violence: 5th Arab Community Murder In 24 Hours

Samar Nasser, 25, was apparently not the intended target; according to MP Touma-Sliman, Ben Gvir “does not know how to do his job and has bad intentions”

A man was shot dead in Tira on Thursday, the fifth member of the Arab community to be murdered in just over 24 hours, amid a wave of community killings that has already claimed more lives in the past eight months than for the whole of 2022.

Samar Nasser, 25, was shot dead in the city center.

Nasser was apparently not the target of the shooting, according to an unsourced report on the Ynet news site.

Israeli police said paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene of the shooting.

Joint (Arab) List MK Aida Touma-Sliman told Ynet that the government is “ignoring this bitter reality and putting our security in the hands of an untrustworthy minister.”

“He doesn’t know how to do his job and he has bad intentions,” Touma-Sliman said of National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, who is the leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party.

Ben Gvir, who campaigned on promises to boost public security, has remained largely silent in the face of soaring crime.

Nasser’s death joined four other seemingly unrelated killings since Wednesday morning.

According to The Abraham Initiatives, a nonprofit that tracks violent crime in the Arab community, the killing brought to 122 the number of Arab community members who have died in violent crimes since the start of the year. By 2022, a total of 116 Israeli Arabs had been victims of homicide.

MK and Islamist Raam party leader Mansour Abbas criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, saying it was doing nothing to end crime in the Arab community.

“Four murders today, 120 since the beginning of the year,” he said. “Several hundred injured, thousands of ruined families and an entire community abandoned to organized crime. »

“Not a single significant decision or step has been taken since the establishment of the government,” Abbas lamented.

“Thank you to the government of Israel, congratulations to Netanyahu. The successful appointment of the Minister of National Security has restored order and brought governance and self-confidence to criminal organizations,” he quipped.

The leader of the opposition HaMahane HaMamlahti party, MP Benny Gantz, criticized the government’s policy, saying in a statement that it “harms the ability to deal with the scourge of violence and the lack of governance”.

“Instead of fighting crime and saving lives – this government is fighting protesters and the justice system,” Gantz said, referring to the protests against the coalition’s controversial efforts to reform the justice system, protests by mass against the plan and the police management of the demonstrations.

He said his party will introduce crime-fighting bills in the coming weeks.

“A national calamity is not overcome with words, but with actions,” Gantz said.

Many community leaders criticize the police, according to them powerless to repress criminal organizations and often blind to violence, whether domestic, mafia or gender. Communities have also suffered from years of neglect by authorities and discrimination by government offices.

This article is originally published on fr.timesofisrael.com

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